• Lane Doc Festival

  • Las Alturas Int'l Film Festival

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Spanish with English subtitles

Renán Aparicio and a friend embark on a transformative kayak journey down the Bermejo River in Argentina, following an explorer’s old navigation letters. This challenging adventure prompts introspection and self-discovery, blurring the lines between past, present, and future.

The two friends decided to turn this experience into a documentary, capturing not only the physical challenges but also the emotional journey. The film will highlight the cultural and ecological significance of the river, providing a platform for reflection and environmental awareness.

About the Director
Renán Aparicio is a high-level kayaker, in love with nature and indigenous culture. He directed The River’s Retreat in 2023, which was very well received at the Lane Doc Fest, the important environmental documentary competition located in Tennessee, United States.
Notes on Film

“From a very young age, I discovered the Bermejo river, as I am fortunate that my mother was born in its surroundings, in the city of San Ramón de la Nueva Oran, in the north of the province of Salta. All the summers of my childhood, I spent my vacations near the Bermejo in the house of my grandparents. In its waters, I fished, bathed with friends, and without realizing it, aroused my curiosity for a river that until today has not let itself be conquered. I wonder if its “integration” into the world and the so-called globalization would be something positive or negative for the region.

This is a story about the Bermejo river and the forgotten communities from its basin. It is a documentary film with an emotional and somewhat unpredictable perspective that seeks the essence of the river while awakening new stimuli in the viewer. We will see navigation, water, animals, towns, people, and boats. These elements not only seek to add spectacle to the story but also attempt to express in a reliable way the scenes of daily life in a region to which even today we turn our backs. A river that has much to offer us, but whose environmental and cultural values are hidden and partly threatened.”

– Renán Aparicio, Director